Posts by Sage

A Cautionary Tale of Pica Pica

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in 1000 words, Food, Slider | 9 comments

A Cautionary Tale of Pica Pica

We’ve dealt with Pica Pica (or Velvet Bean “Mucuna pruriens“) on many occasions in our 2 years here. It’s name in Spanish literally means “itch itch” and it’s aptly named. It’s a vine that grows over everything like kudzu, except it grows flowers and beans with hairy fibers that cause EXTREME itching. Normally these fibers float around in dry weather  and get on your laundry hanging out to dry or get in your unmade bed. This itching is pretty bad, but it only lasts about 10 minutes or so before it subsides. We’ve learned to deal with it...

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Step #7,592 to Opening a Brewpub: Etch Glassware

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Brewing, Slider | 5 comments

Step #7,592 to Opening a Brewpub: Etch Glassware

I thought I might give some insight into the workings of our obsessive attention to detail for our brewpub. We want our glasses etched with our logo, and since Naomi has been etching glass for years, we decided that we’d do it ourselves. We brought some acid etching cream with us when we moved, along with Naomi’s one true love, a Cricut die cutting machine that can cut custom shapes out of various materials. I put together a simplified version of our logo and cut it out using vinyl shelf paper that would just barely cut through the sticker layer but still leave the backing...

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The Great Flood

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Brewing, Slider | Comments Off on The Great Flood

The Great Flood

You know how in movies or cartoons, the water will get left on in a room until the entire room fills up with water? The water gushes out from under the closed door and when it’s opened, a biblical deluge is let loose. That’s what Naomi arrived to find at the brewery on day three. Not a good sight! A local ‘Rican who hangs out on the plaza had done plumbing work in the building before and knew which water meter was ours. He turned it off when he saw the waterfall, but the entire building still had 2-4 inches of water throughout. A friend and I were able to track the source...

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Brewery Renovation Day One

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 3 comments

Brewery Renovation Day One

We don’t have power yet, but we do have a key! Let the demolition begin. We removed the drop ceiling first, which added another two feet to the ceiling height. That helped open up the space a bit. Many years ago, when this was a furniture store, the renters built a mezzanine over the back quarter of the main space. You can’t even stand up in this new room and it drops the lower ceiling to barely six feet. And then, they, and every tenant after, proceeded to fill it up with junk. I can’t imagine why any one would build this bastard half-floor, so we proceeded to rip it out....

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DIY Project #1 Billion – Motorized Grain Mill

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider | 2 comments

DIY Project #1 Billion – Motorized Grain Mill

Crushing my grain has been a bit of a chore with my current set up. I installed a low-cost corona mill in a bucket and I’ve been using my drill to spin it. For a 10-gallon batch, though, I run through two fully charged batteries. My hammer drill doesn’t really have the torque to power it and started smoking the last time I tried it. I needed to build a proper milling station for weighing and crushing grain. I decided to re-purpose my original brewing stand and find a way to mount my mill to be powered by a proper motor, all while keeping dust down. Especially since the dust can...

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